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Degotardi, Sheila; Han, Feifei; Torr, Jane – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This study investigated the quantity of audible and intelligible ('near and clear') educator talk directly experienced by under-two-year-old infants attending early childhood education and care (ECEC) programmes and examined whether the quantity of educator talk was related to characteristics of quality in their ECEC room. Participants were 57…
Descriptors: Infants, Child Language, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Hoyte, Frances; Torr, Jane; Degotardi, Sheila – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Friendships and play provide children with opportunities for mutual engagement, which both require and facilitate children's language use. Modality is a semantic system in the language associated with children's learning. One way in which modality is realised is through linguistic expressions which allow speakers to moderate the degree of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Friendship, Play
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Degotardi, Sheila; Sweller, Naomi; Pearson, Emma – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This study investigated the perspectives of early childhood teachers and parents regarding the importance of provisions afforded by child-teacher and peer relationships in early childhood centres. Participants were 200 parents and 71 teachers of children aged 0-5 years who responded to an online survey containing a series of relationship function…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Peer Relationship
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Degotardi, Sheila – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2010
This study investigated factors related to the quality of early-childhood practitioners' interactions with infants in play and routine contexts. Participants were 24 practitioners working with 9-20-month-old infants in long day-care infant programmes. Video-recordings of their interactions with a nominated infant during play and in routine…
Descriptors: Play, Preschool Teachers, Infants, Child Care